Skip the frozen fries and make healthy AND crispy homemade french fries from potatoes in your air fryer or in your oven! This post contains affiliate links for products I’m obsessed with.
French Fries are my kryptonite.
I mean, they might be the most perfect food ever, right?
- They go with pretty much everything: Burgers…chicken…steak…ice cream. Omg, eggs. They are also amazing all by themselves.
- You can basically dip them in anything you want and they are still so freaking good.
- You can also top them with basically anything and they will still be delicious.
We love fries so much here, we make them at least once a week. So it’s about time that I shared this Homemade French Fry recipe with you all. They are easy, delicious, and actually a healthy side dish option for the 21 Day Fix!
How to Make French Fries from Potatoes
You only need three ingredients to make fries:
- Potatoes – I prefer to use russet potatoes, but I will use whatever we have on hand.
- Salt – a fine salt will stick to your fries better than a coarse salt. You can add any other seasoning you would like!
- Olive oil – I use olive or avocado oil in a sprayer like this one. You could also toss your fries in oil, but I find that spraying the potatoes instead keeps the fries crispier.
How to Cut French Fries
- Wash and peel potatoes, then dry so they are easier to handle. You can keep the peel on if that’s your thing!
- Slice each potato in half the long way, lay the cut side flat on the cutting surface and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Stack these slices and cut them into the same width sticks to make matchstick french fries. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
After slicing, soak or par boil your french fries
Before baking or air frying your fries, it’s important to soak your potatoes. Soaking removes some of the starch, which means crispier fries. Soak the cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water for 20 minutes.
Alternatively, you can boil the potatoes for 5 minutes which will result in even crispier fries, but if you need a more hands off approach, you can just do the soak method and you will be good to go!
It’s really important to dry your fries very well before baking or air frying! I use a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. A dry fry is a crispy fry!
Baked French Fries in the Oven
These baked fries will be super crispy, even in the oven! Here are some tips for getting it right:
- Cook at a high temp! I recommend 450, and if you have a convection setting, use that. **Note, my old oven used to smoke at 450, so I had to cook them at 425. It took a little longer for them to cook.
- Line your sheet pan with parchment paper to avoid your fries sticking.
- Spread your fries into a nice, even layer. Don’t crowd them, as they will end up steaming instead of crisping.
- Spray your fries liberally using an olive oil sprayer, then season with fine salt and whatever other seasonings you like.
- Bake on 450 for 20 minutes, then flip and finish cooking for about 10 minutes.
How to Make French Fries in the Air Fryer
- Preheat your Air Fryer to 390/400 – My Phillips Air Fryer maxes out at 390 and that works fine.
- Just like oven baked fries, I spray well with olive oil spray, then season fries liberally with salt – I like a fine salt because it sticks better.
- Cook in small batches on 390/400 for 14-16 minutes, flipping or or shaking them halfway through.
- In order to keep the cooked fries crispy, lay them on wire cooling racks after cooking. You could also crisp them up again quick after all your fries are done by Air Frying them for a minute or two.
Are these Baked Fries Healthy?
Yes! I feel like fries and potatoes in general get a bad rap, but they are, in fact, a healthy choice as long as you eat the proper portion. Potatoes contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 and when they are prepared this way, they are an excellent carb based side dish.
For the 21 Day Fix, potatoes are 1/2 yellow,
How do I reheat leftover fries?
We never, ever have leftover fries…my kids and husband always fight over the last few. But if we did, I would reheat them either in the oven on 400 degrees for a few minutes or until crispy, or in the Air Fryer on 390, again, until crispy.
What are some Fix approved Condiments for Fries?
I love dipping fries in some good old ketchup. I look for clean ingredients and count each tablespoon as one of my daily sweetener teaspoons. Or you can make this super yummy Healthy Homemade Ketchup from The Foodie and The Fix.Print
Skip the frozen fries and make healthy AND crispy homemade french fries from potatoes in your air fryer or in your oven!
4 Russet Potatoes
Avocado or Olive Oil
- Wash and peel potatoes, then dry so they are easier to handle.
- Slice each potato in half the long way, lay the cut side flat on the cutting surface and cut into 1/2-inch to 1/4-inch slices. Stack these slices and cut them into the same width sticks to make french fries. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
- Put the cut potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cool water. Soak for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour. This step gets rid of excess starch, resulting in fluffier and crispier fries. Alternatively, you can place fries in a pot. Cover with cold water and add about 1 tsp salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain the water. If I am short on time, I skip these steps and the fries are just a little less crispy. No big deal.
- Drain and dry potatoes really well. Sometimes I use a salad spinner, but I always use thick paper towels or clean kitchen towels and really wipe them down. A dry fry is a crispy fry!
- Place fries on a parchment lined baking sheet or in the basket of your air fryer. Instead of coating my fries with olive oil, I prefer to use an olive oil sprayer so the oil doesn’t weigh the fries down. Spray fries well with olive oil spray, then season fries liberally with salt – I like a fine salt because it sticks better.
- Air Fryer: Cook in small batches on 390/400 for 14-16 minutes, flipping or or shaking them halfway through.
- Oven: bake on 450 for 20 minutes, then flip and finish cooking for about 10 minutes.
- Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!
Makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup each
21 Day Fix: 1 YELLOW (per 1/2 c. serving)
WW: Green – 2 points, Blue – 2 points, Purple – ZERO points (per 1/2 c. serving)
- Serving Size: 1/8 of the pan